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Firefighters extinguish 26-acre Mount Tom brush fire

Sunday, April 20, 2014

HOLYOKE — Firefighters from seven departments had their work cut out for them Sunday as they battled a remote 26-acre brush fire at the top of the former Mount Tom Ski Area. The fire was reported at about 9:55 a.m. and firefighters were on scene until 3 p.m., said Holyoke Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Shea. No injuries were reported. Smoke curling around the top of Mount Tom was visible from … 0

Rollover crash on Interstate 91 southbound backs up traffic on highway and in Northampton

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A single-vehicle rollover accident in the southbound lane of Interstate 91 snarled traffic for more than an hour Friday afternoon on the highway and in downtown Northampton. A 2010 Ford Econoline van driven southbound by John Hamel, 25, of Plymouth, rolled over about 2 p.m., according to Massachusetts State Police Trooper Thomas Murphy. The accident occurred near Exit 16 in Holyoke. … 0

Holyoke mayor’s cousin reaches plea agreement in connection with March drunken driving incident on city bike path

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man arrested last month after he drove onto the city bike path near Union Station will lose his driver’s license for 45 days and pay $300 in fines under a plea agreement reached in Northampton District Court. Nicholas A. Duclos, 22, a cousin of Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse, admitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding this … 0

Maureen Healy of Holyoke sentenced to probation for drunken driving that led to man’s death

Monday, January 27, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Holyoke woman has been sentenced to three years’ probation on charges of drunken driving that led to a man’s death. The Republican reports that 32-year-old Maureen Healy was found guilty on Monday of driving under the influence of alcohol. She was found not guilty … 0

Three arrested on drug charges during separate incidents in Hatfield, Orange

Friday, January 24, 2014

Authorities arrested three people on drug charges during separate incidents Thursday night in Hatfield and Orange. Trooper Jeffrey Simakauskas of the Northampton barracks, who was patrolling Interstate 91, arrested a Holyoke man after finding 58 grams of cocaine and several bags of heroin in an unregistered vehicle he … 0

All clear: Traffic snarls due to emergency repairs on Route 91 North over

Friday, January 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Emergency repairs to fix cracking in a Route 91 bridge abutment caused a rush hour traffic jam about three miles long Friday morning. The work that reduced the route to one lane began at 6 a.m. … 0

Construction trade training programs offered

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

HOLYOKE — Local nonprofits are joining forces to prepare low-income workers for construction trade union careers. The Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program aims to provide access to more equitable income opportunities. Community Works is a consortium of organizations, unions and employers to prepare low-skilled and medium-skilled workers for … 0

School bus in Holyoke carrying 10 students struck by two bullets

Thursday, January 16, 2014

HOLYOKE (AP) — The mayor and police chief vowed to crack down on violence after a school bus transporting 10 children was struck by gunfire. The bus carrying students between the ages of 6 and 13 from the Holyoke Community Charter School was struck Wednesday afternoon. No one … 0

Still thinking of education as a 'factory:' At HCC forum, scholar Yong Zhao says classroom technology has not delivered on promises

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

HOLYOKE — In author and education scholar Yong Zhao’s view, the prevailing use of classroom technology has failed to improve student learning in America. “Honestly, today, if you ask yourself has technology transformed education, the answer is no,” … 0

MGM names Holyoke surrounding community, providing access to payments related to impact of casino in Springfield

Monday, January 13, 2014

HOLYOKE — Holyoke on Monday became the first non-abutting city or town to be named a surrounding community by MGM Resorts International, ensuring that it will have access to money to mitigate potential impacts of the proposed $800 million casino in Springfield. The designation, provided voluntarily by MGM … 0

Former Glory Days building in Easthampton soon to become Glendale Grill

Sunday, January 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A local trio has plans to open the Glendale Grill, a bar and restaurant, at the 65-67 Glendale St. site that has been home to Glory Days for the last 19 years. Glory Days closed Nov. … 3

Three Vermont residents arrested after 200 bags of heroin seized during Holyoke traffic stop

Friday, January 10, 2014

HOLYOKE — More than 200 bags of what police believe to be heroin were seized during a traffic stop on Hampden Street late Wednesday night, resulting in the arrest of a man and two women from Vermont on drug charges. Massachusetts State Police Trooper Charles Murphy stopped a … 0

Easthampton to have first inaugural ball in 17 years Jan. 18

Friday, January 10, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The city will hold its first inaugural ball in 17 years later this month to celebrate Mayor Karen L. Cadieux taking office. The ball will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Log Cabin … 0